Taxing de Rich
school house rock
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.
Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs.
deal or no deal
Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz continued her media tour this morning, slamming “so-called progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to pull the plug on three of her schools.
“We have a mayor in the City of New York who says he’s a progressive on the one hand, but wants to deny poor kids in Harlem an opportunity, a shot at life,” said Ms. Moskowitz, speaking to a receptive audience on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
preaching to the choir
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo met behind closed doors today for about an hour in Albany, but appeared no closer to a resolution on their heated dispute over how to fund an expansion of pre-K.
Speaking to reporters in the capital, Mr. de Blasio repeatedly described the conversation as “productive” but said his plan to up taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents remains the “only reliable plan on the table.” Mr. Cuomo insists he can fund pre-K across the state with existing funds.
With less than a month to go until the state budget deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany for the fourth time since his election to press his case to lawmakers reticent to let the city raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to fund universal pre-K.
At a rally at the Washington Armory, which several noted stood half-empty, Mr. de Blasio, joined by city lawmakers and supporters, tried yet again to make his case that the tax made moral and logical sense.
The Working Families Party is ramping up its rhetoric against charter school exec Eva Moskowitz in a sharply-worded letter set to be released to more than 100,000 members this evening.
The email, titled, “Cloudy with a chance of political pandering” and written by Councilman Danny Dromm, slams Ms. Moskowitz for her decision to close all of her schools on Tuesday so that students can attend a large pro-charter rally in Albany. The event just happens to overlap with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned trip to Albany with advocates to push his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund-universal pre-K.
preaching to the choir
Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed planned protests in Albany by charter school operators and advocates next week as a “sideshow” that he insisted would not distract from his pre-K push
Success Academy Charter School head Eva Moskowitz will be shutting down all of her schools this coming Tuesday to join more than 2,000 charter school advocates from across the state in Albany to push lawmakers to support their schools. The date happens to coincide with the new mayor’s planned descent upon Albany to convince reticent state lawmakers to support his plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthy to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs.
de Blasio on de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed about 200 supporters to Gracie Mansion last night to urge them to do all they can to push his plan to raise taxes on the city’s richest residents to fund universal pre-K.
Members of the crowd, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent clergy members, as well as labor leaders, developers, education activists and administration officials, were asked to get their friends and colleagues involved in pushing the “UPKNYC” plan to reticent Albany lawmakers, according to those in attendance.
is this thing on?
Mayor Bill de Blasio today acknowledged that his young administration had endured several “bumps” in its first two months, but said it’s still too early to judge his progress.
In an interview with ABC 7, Mr. de Blasio also denied that he’d grown “testy” with the media, despite a spate of negative coverage, beginning with his decision not to shutter schools during the last major snow storm and a call he placed to police on behalf of an arrested supporter.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning side-stepped questions about the status of his presumed presidential ambitions in a rare national television appearance on FOX Business Network.
“I’m sorry, I’m losing you, we have a technical difficulty,” he jokingly told host Maria Bartiromo when asked whether he was still eying a run for the White House in 2016.
Bill de Blasio’s old campaign Twitter account has been busy these days.
For the past six weeks, @deBlasioNYC has done nothing but retweet a steady stream of posts from UPKNYC–the nonprofit campaign launched to push the new mayor’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K–blasting the campaign’s messages to the 49,800 followers the then-candidate acquired mostly during his winning race. (The @UPKNYC account has around 2,400 followers itself.)